Sunday 8pm - Technical Information

For the Secretary/Chair to read before leading a phone bridge meeting


 As the Secretary/Chair for this meeting you will be given a “leader code” that will give you more features on the key pad than other members.


          Here is some information that will help before dialing into the meeting once you have been given the leader code.


1.    Dial the phone number and then use the regular pin number followed by the # sign that everyone else uses.

2.    There will be a voice prompt after entering the regular pin # that says “IF YOU ARE THE MODERATOR PLEASE PRESS 1.”

3.    Follow the prompt and Press 1. The word “moderator” and “leader” mean the same thing.

4.    The voice prompt will again say “PLEASE ENTER THE MODERATOR PIN (Leader Code) number FOLLOWED BY THE # SIGN”.

5.   You will join the phone meeting muted after entering the leader code and # sign.  Press *1 to unmute yourself and then introduce yourself as the Secretary/Chair of the meeting. Press *0 for a menu of all features.


Probably one of the most important services you can give as the Secretary/Chair is to have the highest sound quality on the phone bridge system.  This means without background noise and weak sound quality. “Sound” is all we have for the phone meeting to work.


Background noise can be taken as disrespectful or interruptive while members are speaking.  As a trusted servant you can guide the meeting without background noise or interruptions to the best of your ability.


Along with your own skills; here are a few tips and a few pieces of information to help you: 


1.  Technically the phone bridge system is built for “only” one person to be unmuted at a time.  This of course would include, You (the Secretary/Chair) as well as the Timekeeper to stay muted by using the *1 keys.  The timekeeper only unmutes to say “time”. The Secretary/Chair unmutes a few seconds before the member is done sharing to welcome the next share.  You can remind the timekeeper to please stay muted except to say “time”. (Only one line unmuted at a time).


2.    As the Secretary/Chair (with the leader code) you are encouraged to use the *5   to clear the line to address the noise.  This ensures that members will be able to speak so their share can be heard.  Then the member can press the *1 keys to continue sharing without the previous background noise.  We call this “Cycling Through”. (Most of the time people forget to mute and don’t know they are not muted). This can be done by saying “Excuse the interruption, I’m going to clear the line” and then press *5 keys. You then could say, “Whoever was sharing please press *1 and begin again,” or “Whoever would now like to share please press *1 to unmute yourself.” 


3.   Some meetings have multiple readers. The extra unmuted lines will cause the reading to be heard by some but not by other members.

Here are some suggestions.


1.  Organize the readers so they know the order they will be reading.

2.  Then tell the rest of the readers to mute until a few seconds before it is their turn to read.

3.  After each member reads remind them to mute again.

4.  (AS A Rule of Thumb), just because you can hear does not mean that other members can.  These phones meetings have global coverage. Not all phones have equal sound. Only one line unmuted at a time will keep a clear worldwide phone line for everyone during the meeting.


These 4 technical points can promote safety, warmth and recovery similar to face to face meetings. This was written to assist you to know and understand the phone bridge technical features.


Thank you for taking the time to read these suggestions. If you need help, just ask.   Congratulations on doing service and beginning the flow that opens our heart to what it already knows---that we all need each other. 



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The Meeting Format Starts Now

(This is the part you read out loud)



The Sunday Night "How Al-Anon Works Steps and Traditions" Meeting

 Note to Chair: Scroll down to the end of the format for Calendar.


Welcome to the Sunday Night 8:00pm How Al-Anon Works Steps and Traditions Meeting, 

This meeting lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes.


Hi, my name is __________, a grateful Al-Anon member and chair for this meeting.


1.Chairperson reads or asks a volunteer to read:
SUGGESTED AL-ANON WELCOME: (How Al-Anon Works pg. 8)




2. Phone Etiquette


3. Readings of our Steps, Traditions and selected Concepts


We now need (3) volunteers  to read the following:


a)   Al-Anon's 12 steps: 

(How Al-Anon Works pg.381 or 397 OR (In the back of all three daily meditation books)  

b)  Al-Anon's 12 Traditions:

(How Al-Anon Works pg.382 or 398 OR (In the back of all three daily meditation books)

c)   Concept 4 and Concept 5  

(How Al-Anon Works pg.383 or pg.399) OR (In the back of all three daily meditation books)


4. Announcements

According to the 7th tradition, Al-Anon is fully self supporting declining outside contributions. We invite you to send contributions to WSO stating it is from the Sunday Steps and Traditions Meetings 1600 Corporate Landing Parkway Virginia Beach, Va.23454-5617


OR you can donate electronically @

under member/contribution page OR you can give at your face to face meeting.


4a. Our business meeting takes place the 4th Sunday after the close of the meeting.


          4b. Are there any Al-anon related announcements



Do we have any Al-Anon newcomers today?  Either new to Al-Anon or to this bridge?  Please give us your first name so we may all greet you.

          Do we have a volunteer on the line today that can stay after the phone meeting and greet the newcomers and provide information about phone bridge etiquette or on Al-Anon?

            We now go around the globe and introduce ourselves by first name only.  And, if you want, please mention where you are from.  Please press * 1 to un-mute to introduce yourselves, and then *1 again to re-mute so that we can have a clear line.  Chair starts. Hi, I’m ­­­____ (name), calling from ____ (state).




Each week, we read a step from How Al-Anon Works.  On the fourth Sunday of each month, we read the corresponding Tradition.  (The calendar of readings can be found at the end of this document.)

After the reading is complete, we open for sharing.


Today we're on (Step__; or Tradition__). In the interest of bringing as many people to service, I ask that members read one or two paragraphs—and pass.  People who usually don't read are warmly encouraged to participate.  Tonight we’ll need (2, 3, or 4) readers (Chair determines how many readers).  Can I get some volunteers? (Chair can start or go right to first reader.)



7. SHARES and Timekeeping:

Before sharing, we offer a gentle reminder that we speak from our own experience. In this Al-Anon meeting, we ask that you resist the desire to comment on or respond to another person's share. Also, we ask those who are members of other anonymous programs not to break their anonymity and to try to identify with the Al-Anon approach to the family illness. Ours is a different experience and calls for a different interpretation—one of which is suggested in How Al-Anon Works.



    We have 3-minute shares; and, 10 minutes before closing, we open up the sharing especially to newcomers as well as regular members of the bridge who often don't get to share. We use this format as a way to ensure as much participation as possible.  We begin to close the meeting at 12 minutes after the top of the hour.


     Can we have a volunteer to be our timekeeper? For those who have never served as a timekeeper, please note that this position requires you to let the person sharing know when three minutes have passed by saying "Time." This is a very important service. Do we have a volunteer? __ Great. The timekeeper is invited, but not required, to go first.


 SHARING BEGINS …and goes continuously until 12 minutes after the top of the hour.


It is now the top of the hour and, in accordance with principles guiding our recovery and, in particular, the 4th concept, which reminds us that participation is the key to harmony, we now invite shares from newcomers and those who do not regularly share on the phone bridge. 


8.  CLOSING (which begins 12 minutes after the top of the hour).


a. And now I would like to invite members to call out the names of members whose telephone numbers they would like to have.  We will request those numbers directly after the close of the meeting.


 b. Chairperson reads or asks a volunteer to read closing from How Al-anon works pg. 380 or pg. 396



And now, would all who care to, please press *1 to un-mute and join me in saying the Serenity Prayer (which can be found on p. 80 of How Al-Anon Works)


God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.

(Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual pg. 10)


 9. Post-meeting details:


a) We now collect phone numbers

b) Meeting schedules can be accessed at

 Format changes can be e-mailed to

All other general questions can be sent to Meeting schedules can also be accessed by calling 712-432-8774 Pin Code 52639#


All Eastern Time Zones on the number and pin you dialed in for this meeting. 


6am                     7 days a week

8am                     Saturday and Sunday
9am                     Weekdays (Monday thru Friday)

10am                            Saturday

11am                  Sunday

2pm                     Sunday
Noon                  Monday ----- Saturday

4pm                    7 days a week

6pm                     Saturday and Sunday
8pm                    7 days a week
10pm                   Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
12 midnight       Monday and Thursday



Does anyone want to announce just the phone number and pin for other Al-Anon Phone Meetings?


Chair passes off to the volunteer (say name) able/willing to serve as newcomer greeter. By way of signing off, Chair might wish to say that those wishing to participate in fellowship may stay on the line for until 25 minutes after the hour (or whenever the line closes).







All Eastern Time Zones

Also available on the website on the information page


6:00am Daily

                Saturday Just For Today Three Meditation Books


         Sunday, Early morning Rise & Shine Step Study

            Saturday Early Morning  Speaker Meeting


            Monday 3 Daily Meditation Books ODAT/Courage to Change/Hope for Today

            Tuesday Step 1 How Al-Anon Works/12 and 12/ Paths to Recovery/ 3 Meditation Books

            Wednesday Step 2 How Al-Anon Works/12 and 12/ Paths to Recovery/ 3 Meditation Books

            Thursday Gratitude 3 Meditation Books

            Friday Step 3 How Al-Anon Works/12 and 12/ Paths to Recovery/ 3 Meditation Books


                Saturday Paths to Recovery Tradition Meeting


            Sunday Step/Tradition/Concept/3 Mediations  Paths to Recovery

12:00 Noon

            Monday Day A Topic from the 3 Meditation Books

            Tuesday Al-Anon 12 & 12

            Wednesday from Survival to Recovery

            Thursday Al-Anon’s 3 meditation Books

            Friday Speaker Meeting

            Saturday Hope for Today Meditation Book


            Sunday Paths to Recovery Book Study Meeting


            Monday Beginners Meeting 3 Meditation Books/How Al-Anon Works/Beginners Pamphlet

            Tuesday 10th Step How Al-Anon Works/12 and 12/ Paths to Recovery/ 3 Med.Books

            Wednesday 11th step Guided Mediation Paths to Recovery/ How Al-Anon Works/3  Med

            Thursday Slogans How Al-Anon Works/3 Mediation Books

            Friday 12th step

            Saturday Opening our Hearts

            Sunday  Transforming our Losses


            Monday from Survival to Recovery

            Tuesday Topic discussion from 3 meditation books

            Wednesday Beginner’s meeting How Al-Anon works

            Thursday Step/Tradition/Concept/3 Mediations  Paths to Recovery

            Friday How Al-Anon Works

            Saturday Speaker meeting

            Sunday Steps and Traditions How Al-Anon works


            Monday 4th Step WRITING Workshop Blue Print for Progress

                Tuesday Discovering Choices LBGTO 

            Thursday 4th Step WRITING Workshop Blue Print for Progress

                Friday Recovering in Al-Anon The Dilemma of the Alcoholic Marriage

              Saturday Traditions Meeting How Al-Anon Works/Paths to Recovery

                Sunday Sharing Our Recovery The Forum Stories

12 midnight

            Thursday 3 Daily Readers 3 Mediations Books 





Meeting Calendar  August 2016


Aug 23 step 10             Aug 30 Tradition 8


Sept 4 Step 3              Sept 11 Step 4                        Sept 18 Step 5                        Sept 25 Tradition 9


Oct 2 Step 6                Oct 9 Step 7                            Oct 16 Step 8                          Oct 23 Tradition 10


Oct 30 Step 9              Nov 6 Step 10                         Nov 13 Step 11                       Nov 20 Step 12


Nov 27 Tradition 11 Dec 4 Step 1                          Dec 11 Step 2                                    Dec 18 Step 3


Dec 25 Tradition 12



January 2016


Jan step 12      Jan 10 step 1               Jan 17 step 2   Jan 24 Tradition 1      Jan 31 step 3



Feb 7 step 4     Feb 14 step 5               Feb 21 step 6               Feb 28 Tradition 2



Mar 6 step 7   Mar 13 step 8                         Mar 20 step 9             Mar 27 Tradition 3


Apr 3step 10   Apr 10 step 11                        Apr 17 step 12                        Apr 24 Tradition 4



May 1 step 1   May 8 step      2 May 15 step 3          May 22 Tradition 5             May 29 step 4


Jun 5 step        5 Jun 12 step 6            June 19 step 7             Jun 26 Tradition 6


July 3 step 8    July 10 step 9              July 17 step 10                        July 24 Tradition 7                July 31 step11


Aug 7  step12 Aug 14 step 1              Aug 21 step 2                          Aug 28 Tradition 8


And Finally, please insert the following calendar for the remainder of 2016:


Sept 4 Step 3

Sept 11 Step 4

Sept 18 Step 5

Sept 25 Tradition 9


Oct 2 Step 6

Oct 9 Step 7

Oct 16 Step 8

Oct 23 Tradition 10

Oct 30 Step 9


Nov 6 Step 10

Nov 13 Step 11

Nov 20 Step 12

Nov 27 Tradition 11